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  • Jordie Benn will have to battle for spot
    Jordie Benn probably won't be guaranteed a top-six defense spot on Dallas going into 2016-17.

    Advice: The Stars want to play younger players like Stephen Johns, Esa Lindell and Patrik Nemeth. The other three spots belong to John Klingberg, Johnny Oduya and Dan Hamhuis. Benn could be an insurance defender going into the year if he can't beat out Nemeth for the last spot. Today, 2:49 pm
  • Jamie Benn hopes to be ready for World Cup
    Jamie Benn hopes to be recovered from his core muscle surgery in time to play in the World Cup of Hockey.

    Advice: He intends to ramp up his rehab efforts this coming week and perhaps return to the ice. Benn feels like he is progressing nicely, but he won't rush anything before he is ready. Today, 1:46 pm
  • Marek Zidlicky is on the open market
    Marek Zidlicky is searching for a new team as an unrestricted free agent.

    Advice: He picked up four goals and 16 points in 53 games with the Islanders last season, while averaging just 13:39 of ice time at even strength. The 39-year-old defender may have to settle for a professional tryout if he can't find another team before training camps open. Today, 1:35 pm
  • UFA Christian Ehrhoff still available
    Christian Ehrhoff remains unsigned as an unrestricted free agent.

    Advice: He will play for Team Europe at the World Cup of Hockey, which could help him earn a contract before the start of the regular season. Ehrhoff earned 12 points in 48 appearances with Los Angeles and Chicago last season. Today, 12:46 pm
  • Ales Hemsky excited for World Cup
    Ales Hemsky is looking forward to the World Cup of Hockey.

    Advice: "It's nice. For European guys it is always special when you can play for your home country," Hemsky said. "That's how we grew up. That's why we go for the World Championship and any tournament we have a chance to go; we are proud to represent, and it's huge in the home country." He was added to the team in late May along with Dallas teammate Radek Faksa. Today, 11:38 am
  • Michael Stone may not be ready for opener
    Michael Stone (knee) hopes to be ready for the start of the regular season.

    Advice: He is making progress but his initial prognosis indicates he could be out for the beginning of the year. Arizona's first regular-season game is scheduled for Oct. 15, which is about six-and-a-half months after Stone's surgery and his recovery is projected to take six months. Stone may be able to resume skating soon. Today, 10:33 am
  • Report: Jackets close to signing Sam Gagner
    Sam Gagner is reportedly close to signing a one-year contract with Columbus, according to sources.

    Advice: If the Blue Jackets add Gagner then he could compete with Alexander Wennberg for the second-line center spot. Gagner picked up eight goals and 16 points in 53 contests with Philadelphia last season. Today, 10:01 am
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  • Nikita Nikitin might return to KHL
    Nikita Nikiti could be back with Avangard Omsk.

    Advice: The unrestricted free agent hasn't agreed to terms with a team in the NHL or one in Europe yet. Nikitin spent 30 games with Bakersfield of the AHL and 11 matches with Edmonton in 2015-16. Today, 9:03 am
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  • Brad Hunt likely to be back with AHL Chicago
    Brad Hunt will probably play for the Chicago Wolves of the AHL in 2016-17.

    Advice: He played there in 2011-12 and 2012-13. Hunt inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Blues earlier this month. He didn't have a point in seven appearances with the Oilers last season, but he produced 13 goals and 28 assists in 57 matches with Bakersfield. Today, 8:58 am
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  • Hampus Lindholm may end up with north of $5M
    Hampus Lindholm is likely to get a contract worth at least $5 million per year.

    Advice: That has been the going rate for young defenders in his position this summer. Lindholm is still unsigned and there haven't been updates on the status of the negotiations. However, he is a key defender on the Ducks, so something should be worked out before the start of the regular season. Today, 7:07 am
  • Tatar seeks improvement in contract year
    Tomas Tatar is playing for a new contract in 2016-17.

    Advice: He will be a restricted free agent after the upcoming season and will be looking to bounce back after he produced 45 points in 81 contests. Tatar could also be part of a trade package for a defenseman, which has been a rumor since the 2015-16 campaign ended. Today, 6:19 am
  • Domi believes Coyotes are ready for playoffs
    Max Domi learned a great deal during his rookie season and he believes the playoffs are the next step for the Coyotes.

    Advice: "There's no reason we can't," said Domi. "We came out of the gates pretty hot this year and we beat some high-end teams but when the nitty gritty comes down to it, you gotta be able to win after the All-Star break — that's when it really matters. Finding a way to find that consistency and manage that throughout an 82-game season will be pretty clutch for us and there's no reason we can't do it." He likes the changes the team made to its defense corps in the off-season and he has been working hard to improve his game. The 21-year-old generated 18 goals and 52 points in 81 games last year. Today, 6:02 am
  • Sam Gagner available on FA market
    Sam Gagner is still available as an unrestricted free agent.

    Advice: He produced just eight goals and eight assists in 53 appearances with the Flyers last season. Gagner averaged just 13:52 of ice time, but could be more useful than that if he plays regularly. Yesterday, 2:03 pm
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  • Leafs sign Martin Marincin to 2-year contract
    Martin Marincin has inked a two-year contract with Toronto.

    Advice: He will earn $1.2 million in 2016-17 and $1.3 million in 2017-18. Marincin picked up one goal, six assists and 34 penalty minutes in 65 games with the Maple Leafs last season. Yesterday, 12:34 pm
  • Mike Santorelli will play for Geneve-Servette
    As previously reported, Mike Santorelli has joined Geneve-Servette HC of the National League A in Switzerland.

    Advice: He picked up 18 points in 70 games with Anaheim last year, while averaging just 10:06 of ice time. Yesterday, 6:30 am
  • UFA Radim Vrbata looking for a team
    Radim Vrbata is still looking for an NHL roster with training camps drawing closer.

    Advice: He is an unrestricted free agent after slipping from 31 goals and 63 points in 79 contests in 2014-15 to 13 markers and 27 points over 63 contests last year. Vrbata also registered a minus-30 rating. Yesterday, 5:58 am
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  • Michael Stone inks one-year contract
    Michael Stone has signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Coyotes.

    Advice: He recorded six goals and 36 points in 75 games last season. Stone also recorded 137 hits and 143 blocks during 2015-16. He is rehabbing from April surgery on his ACL and MCL. Thursday, 12:32 pm
  • Report: Mike Santorelli going to Swiss League
    Mike Santorelli is reportedly going to sign with Geneve-Servette HC of Switzerland's National League A.

    Advice: He notched nine goals and nine assists in 70 games with the Anaheim Ducks last season. In 406 career NHL outings, Santorelli has 138 points. Monday, 12:48 pm
  • Michael Stone (knee) is making progress
    Michael Stone (knee) is progressing nicely.

    Advice: Coyotes GM John Chayka said that Stone's minimum six-month rehab is either on schedule or ahead of schedule. The defenseman underwent surgery on his ACL and MCL in April. It's still unclear when he will be available to return. Monday, 11:14 am
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